A classic childhood storybook, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, provides an excellent starting point for decorating a baby nursery. Best of all, this nursery theme is non-gender specific, making it suitable for baby boys and baby girls. When designing a theme for the baby's nursery, think of everything from the must-have baby products, to furniture, decor, wall colour and wall art. Use the baby's nursery theme to unify all these elements of design.
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Choosing a Wall Color
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar," much like other Carle books, features art work full of bright, primary colours and obvious paint strokes. For families planning to use the story's images as the primary artwork in the nursery, select a wall colour complementary to the bright colours Carle favours. To prevent competing with artwork for attention, choose a softer colour that allows the story's images to pop off the walls. Soft greens and yellows help offset the brighter green, red and purple of the book's starring character. An off-white helps provide a creamy, warm, neutral backdrop for Carle's lively book illustrations. Soft purple and blue give the room a cooler feeling. Choose a few shades and paint large, sample squares on the wall. Live with the samples for a few days to decide which colour looks best in the room's natural light and with the baby's furniture.
Selecting Baby Products
With so many baby products on the market, its difficult to determine which items are truly necessary for the baby's room. For your "Hungry Caterpillar" nursery, choose a crib, clothing storage and a comfortable rocker. Changing tables with side rail protection for the baby are helpful, but not always necessary, especially for parents who prefer to change the baby on the floor. Select furniture in a natural, wood finish, which complements the natural elements of the book's design. Furniture in a sealed wood helps create a virtual forest full of caterpillars, fruits and vegetables for the baby. Choose rocker or glider cushions and bed linens two or three shades darker than the wall colour for a seamless look.
Wall Art Ideas
Wall art projects provide the best opportunity for making "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" theme come alive in the room. To create a large-scale mural for the space, rent an overhead projector. Project a favourite image from the book on to the wall. Use pencils to carefully trace out the design. Fill in the design with paints. Another option is to take an image from the book to a local printer. Have a vinyl decal printed. Apply the vinyl decal to the wall, using the included instructions. Literally use the book as inspiration, by turning the pages of the story into framed wall art. Carefully separate the pages. Use card stock or construction paper and glitter glue to create attractive backgrounds. Seal in clear, contact paper and frame in poster frames.
Mobile Craft Project
What better way to finish off a caterpillar-themed room, than with a simple, butterfly mobile over the crib. On fusible, craft webbing trace out the shapes of several sizes. Cut the webbing into squares and iron on to various prints and fabric scraps. For the craft mom, this project is excellent for using up the craft pile. Make two sides for each butterfly and fuse the side together with a piece of twine in the centre. Add several butterflies to each string. Attach strings to an embroidery hoop. Screw a hook into ceiling use fishing like to suspend the embroidery hoop above the baby's crib.
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